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Dog Groomer Accused of Murdering Maltese


Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell
It takes something very big to shut down the New York City transit, but it only took two small kittens to shut down a train in Brooklyn on Thursday.

The four week old kittens were scampering along the B & Q line tracks in Brooklyn when authorities cut power to the tracks for a rescue attempt.

While New Yorkers may be known for liking their trains to be on time, many understood the humanitarian efforts on the tracks.

"The announcer said it had to stop to rescue some cats," commuter Sandra Polel told the New York Daily News. "I didn't mind. I wanted to get home, but I also wanted the kittens to be safe."

When first efforts failed to rescue the pair, trains resumed, but were ordered to proceed through the area with caution.

Another rescue effort was launched at 5:45 p.m. when express train service was suspended along the three tracks.

A plain-clothes and uniformed officer, with help from transit authority workers, chased the frisky felines back and forth, but they were cagy and avoided all efforts until an officer wearing an insulated glove was able to scoop them off the tracks.

The kittens, now named Arthur and August, have been taken to the Brooklyn Animal Care Shelter where they will be medically evaluated.

Given their recent notoriety for being on the loose, they likely will have several inquiries from people wanting to adopt.

Brooklyn Animal Care is a kill shelter, with a fairly high mortality rate. If you really want to help an animal from there, please consider adopting.

This weekend, we celebrate Labor Day in the United States, a day to recognize people who are the foundation of our economy. These transit workers and police should definitely be recognized.

Editor's Note: Photo by Marc A. Hermann/MTA New York City Transit.

This article was originally published on partner site Pet360.com

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Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell
Animal lovers and runners everywhere are wondering why the company Pearl Izumi, who sells running shoes, released an ad in a Canadian Running Magazine depicting a dead dog with his jogger owner.

The ad showed what appears to be a yellow lab collapsed on a rural path after failing to keep up with its dad. The man is leaning over the dog, hands clasped over the dog's chest, possibly in an effort to do CPR.

The ad was part of a campaign that included a video, but after the print version appeared, outraged dog lovers everywhere started blasting the company on its social media sites.

"These types of images will inherently be upsetting to people," Mike Johansson, a social media strategy consultant and lecturer told NBC News. "When animals are perceived to be feeling pain, we as human beings can't help but feel bad," Johansson said.

So, what in the world was this company thinking?

A marketing manager told NBC the ad was meant to be "humorous."

A lot of animal lovers didn't see the humor and the company eventually pulled the marketing campaign and posted this response to its Facebook page:

"We would like to sincerely apologize to everyone for the ad that ran in Canadian Running Magazine.

As most of us here at Pearl Izumi are dog owners, we want you to know we would never, ever do anything to harm an animal.

Please know that we have deleted the ad and removed it from all future publications.

Pearl Izumi"

Many pointed out on social media that running with dogs can be dangerous, given the loyalty dogs feel, they try to keep up, even when they don't feel well.

Some customers suggested the company donate to animal shelters or rescues as a form of an apology for the ad. At least one customer named Cindy posted, "Thank you for pulling the ad. Now you should write an article about the correct way to train your dog to run with you. They too have to build up their endurance. They will run just because you ask them to and will literally run themselves to death. It is so incredibly easy to overheat your dog. Please write an article with warnings. Thank you"

Learn More: Running and Staying Safe with Your Dog

However, a spokesperson for the company said they plan to do nothing further about the matter.

"Most of us in the office have dogs, we run with our dogs and we were surprised by the reaction," Geoff Shaffer, global marketing director at Pearl Izumi said.

I really fail to see the humor - although the actual dog in the ad is fine - of depicting a dead dog in an ad.

Editor's Note: Photo is of the actual ad.

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Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell
No one expects to pick up the phone and hear their veterinarian tell them that their healthy dog they dropped off to the clinic's dog groomer is on oxygen and not "in good condition," but that's exactly what happened to Barbara Calhoun last week.

Barbara and her husband, Bill, of Springfield, Mo. took their 3 ½ year old Maltese, Darby, to a groomer at their veterinary clinic that Darby had seen twice before.

When they got to the vet's office, they asked, "'What happened? What happened?' and the doctor said, 'Well, she was thrown against the wall,'" Barbara told KSPR 33 News.

The Calhoun's arrived at Spring Valley Veterinary Hospital just before Darby slipped away.

The veterinarian claims that Darby, who had not had a history of aggression, bit the groomer as she reached into the cage. The groomer reacted; throwing the 8-pound dog against a wall, inflicting serious enough injuries that she could not be saved.

"I laid down on the floor and I just screamed," Barbara told reporters, crying as she relived the incident in her mind.

The groomer, who has not been named in media accounts, was fired Thursday morning.

"I know she felt horrible immediately. She regretted it tremendously," said Dr. Ted Betzen, who owns the clinic. "I'm not going to condone what she did; she did overreact. You can understand it but you can't excuse it. It's inexcusable what she did."

The Calhoun's cannot understand it, forget it, or right now, forgive it. The couple is having trouble sleeping, Barbara says. They're having trouble eating without their little furball under the table. And they're calling their dog's death 'murder.'

"Why, why?" The Calhoun's asked. "She said she feared for her life so [she] threw her, and I don't know, feared for a life from a little eight-pound dog?"

As of last week, the health department, which handles such cases, had not been called.

Maltese are not typically high strung dogs and many people are wondering on social media if Darby was afraid of the groomer for some reason and bit the groomer out of fear.

What's of concern is that this groomer could get another job working with animals, since Missouri does not require licensing of pet groomers.

Leaving your 4-legged furkid with a groomer is a risky proposition, you're entrusting the care of your baby, in some cases, to people with very little experience or formal training and no license.

This past summer, we reported on a dog named Bodie, who was lost from a grooming shop in California. According to Bodie's Facebook page, it appears the dog was never located.

It's of the utmost importance pet parents ask many questions of potential groomers. Pet360 has put together a comprehensive list of things you should ask a groomer before leaving your pet with them.

Editor's Note: Photo of Darby from Bill and Barbara Calhoun.

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